Passport to Poconos – Adjusting is Necessary


Speaking with my friend Mari, who moved to the Poconos from Spain over twenty years ago, I asked her what was the hardest thing to adjust to?  “Driving”, she said without doubt, “I came from a city where I could walk around the corner and buy what I needed. And now if I forget something on my shopping list, I have to drive all the way back.”

My friend Bea told me that the hardest thing for her was the change in measurements: “From Celsius to Fahrenheit for the weather. Let´s see, double it and subtract 32, or is it add 32? And when I go shopping,” she continues “I have to change from kilograms to pounds.”

Thinking about it, I would say “yes” to all the minor inconveniences, but there are things I love too. I love all the seasons. You can see how nature is transformed. In the spring it seems to happen minute by minute. Spain has no equivalent to the feeling of spring in the Northeast United States. And with spring comes the beginning of the growing season and of life.

When I moved to the Poconos I had never seen a vegetable outside the supermarket. Now I go to Josie Porter Farm, shop at the Stroudsburg Farmers Market and get my fresh eggs from Jeff the egg man. My summer sweet corn comes direct from the farmer in Cherry Valley, and I wait for fall to buy a peck of tomatoes for next to nothing to make marinara sauce for the year.

It´s funny that I always liked to cook but never had any curiosity about where the ingredients actually came from. Now I get in my car and go to find them. None of this came naturally. I refused to see the bounty that was around me for the first two years after I moved here. Then one day I touched bottom and I realized that nothing was going to happen if I didn’t do something about it. I had to embrace my environment and learn all the good things it could offer.

I had to accept that my car was now an essential part of my life. It could take me places and open up worlds. I started taking classes at ESU, got my degree and started my radio program. The best part has been meeting wonderful people along the way.

I still go into New York City and still love the pace and rhythm but I also realize that in the city, most things are given to us and we take them for granted.

The Poconos opened new doors for me and made me push myself from my comfort zone, and by the way, I’m still afraid of bears!

Christina´s radio show with a Latin flavor is every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM on Pocono 96.7. Tu Voz con Christina. Email:

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